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A Guide to Finding the Best Boat Names

Updated on November 18, 2017
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Choosing a Name for Your Boat

You have just found your perfect boat, it has everything that you could wish for and more. The price is just shouting "Buy me, buy me"!

"Wait a minute" you say. "I could never ride in a boat called that!"

Naming or renaming a boat is not a task to be taken lightly, it requires thought and careful consideration. The name for your boat may want to reflect the type of boat or something personal to you.

Let's take a look at some of the possible names for different types of boats.

Names for Speed Boats

If you have a speedboat or a racing sailboat you may want to opt for a name that is synonymous with speed.

This could be something not only that sounds fast but puts fear into your opponent's mind. If you have a boat, let's say, for example, called "Sunshine Seeker" and you wanted to race against a boat with the name "Greased Lightning", where would you put your money if betting on a winner?

It is all about appearances and the ability to maneuver a boat at speed but the name seems to help as well. Below are some examples of names suitable for this type of boat.

  • Lickety Split
  • Greased Lightning
  • Flying Lady (notably from a Rolls Royce)
  • Blew By Ya
  • Breaking Waves
  • Rebel
  • Wake-up call
  • Bad Boy
  • Banshee
  • Razor's Edge
  • Renegade
  • Lic-a-dee-Split
  • Silver Bullet
  • Terminator

All of these would be staring in the face of your adversary as you went racing past and into the lead.


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Sailboat Names

If you think of sailing there are two types, racing, and cruising. For racers, you may want to see the names for speed boats above. For pleasure sailing, below are some suitable names. The word wind, not surprisingly, features heavily in these names. Even names of clouds can be used to great effect.

  • Summer wind
  • Second wind
  • Wind dancer
  • Tailwinds
  • Ocean Breeze
  • Peaceful Wind
  • Sailing Free
  • Sails Call
  • Cirrus
  • Nimbus

You can almost picture the wind filling the sails and hear the water splashing against the bow.

Foreign Names for Boats

The use of foreign names has always been a popular choice. Several are of Latin origins.

  • Carpe Diem (Seize the Day or Seas the day)
  • La Belle Vita (The beautiful life)
  • Ohana (Hawaiian term for the extended family)
  • Whãnau (Maori term for extended family)
  • Adaigo ( slow tempo)
  • Adios (Good-bye)

If you are only going to use your boat to cruise in English speaking areas, perhaps these aren't for you unless you are wanting to appear well traveled or wish to conjure up a desire for further travel.

Fishing Boats

Fishing boats
Fishing boats | Source

Fishing Boat Names

If you're choosing a name for a fishing boat you have many options. Whether the boat is used for charter or for personal use, choosing names associated with fishing tackle or simply the pleasure of fishing.

If you offer a charter boat business, the name should reflect the image you are trying to project. No one wants to go luxury cruising on a boat called "Bait Master but if they are chartering the boat for fishing then it is a great name.

  • Gone Fishin
  • Catchin' Dinner
  • Avid Angler
  • Bait Master
  • Bigger Game
  • Reel Deal
  • Reel Satisfaction
  • Kingfisher
  • Reel-Nauti
  • Fishin' Magician

How could you not catch something with names like these?

The Cutty Sark
The Cutty Sark | Source

Who Owned These Boats

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Humorous Boat Names

I personally love seeing a boat with a humorous name, to me, it conveys that the people inside are fun people. They are enjoying themselves and not concerned with what other people think about them or their boat.

  • Broke but afloat
  • Called in sick
  • Going Seanile
  • Your Place Oar Mine
  • What's up Dock
  • Sleeping with Oars
  • Loon-A-Sea

Anchored in a tranquil bay
Anchored in a tranquil bay | Source

Relaxing Names for Boats

There is a fast-growing number of boats with names that conjure up pleasant relaxing thoughts. The idea that you can just sail away and take a break from the real world whilst leaving your problems onshore. Below are a few suggestions.

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Solitude
  • Mental Floss
  • Escape
  • Solitude
  • Serenity
  • Whisper
  • Dreamweaver
  • Stress less
  • Kindred Spirit

You can almost feel the pressure of a landlocked life floating away as you cast off the bowlines.

Alcohol related boat names

There are many names also related to alcohol, these can be fun as long as you don't draw unwanted attention from the port authorities.

  • Three sheets
  • J & B
  • Kahlúa
  • Beeracuda
  • Shaken not stirred
  • Comfortably Numb
  • On the rocks
  • Wine down
  • Sip & Dip

Yachts in a harbor
Yachts in a harbor | Source

Mythological Boat Names

Many people still prefer to use a name from Greek mythology. Below are a few of the more popular ones.

  • Phaedra (Bright)
  • Adonis (The God of Beauty and Desire)
  • Pegasus (The flying horse)
  • Poseidon (God of the Sea)
  • Zephyr (God of the West Wind)
  • Boreas (God of the North Wind)
  • Eurus (God of the East Wind)
  • Notus (God of the South Wind)
  • Odyssey (Epic Voyage)

Video of boat re-naming ceremony

Renaming Your Boat

The renaming of a boat is something that is cloaked with superstition. It's thought that bad luck will befall you if a boat is renamed. Firstly a little explanation why. When most of the trading was done by boat, a boat carried a reputation with it. As such, when you arrived in a port to do business you were greeted and welcomed because over time the locals had developed a relationship with the traders. If a boat changed its name, it was treated with suspicion and a new relationship had to begin.

If you have bought a boat and you just truly cannot live with the name. The following is what you need to do.

You must first remove everything that has the ship's previous name. Get rid of everything that may have the old name on it. Don't forget key chains or life rings the name may come off with cleaners. If they are stickers, there are products on the market that will remove the adhesive or you can use a scraper.

Notify the Coast Guard of the name change with proper documentation. Once you are sure you have removed everything, then you will need a christening ceremony. Invite some friends and bring the champagne. Not the cheap stuff, some of it will be offered to the Gods of the Sea. You will need to make a speech to the boat and notify her and the Gods of the name change. Splash champagne across the hull. There is no need to smash a bottle on the boat.Toast her, the Gods, and her new name.

© 2012 Mary Wickison

What would you name a boat?

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      Mary Wickison 11 days ago from Brazil

      Hi Gordon,

      I like the name Kingfisher and have added it to the list of names.

      We have 3 different types of kingfishers where I live and they are excellent at fishing. In fact, they have a better success rate than I do with a rod and reel.

      I think many people feel the same way as you do about renaming a boat. If someone is thinking of reselling their boat in the future, then it would be wise to select a good name from the outset. I wonder how many sells are lost because of a poor choice of name?

      Great to hear from you, thanks for reading.

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      Gordon Hamilton 11 days ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      A subject very close to my heart, Mary. Many interesting names there for lots of different types of boats. The most common name I've come across for a fishing boat is Kingfisher, or some closely associated adaptation thereof. Been out on a lot of boats with names like that. I'm really old fashioned, in one particular respect at least, I'm afraid - and totally frown on renaming a boat under any circumstances. Yes, I know - many say it's superstitious mumbo jumbo. If anyone's going to do it though, you're advice does sound good :)

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      Mary Wickison 11 days ago from Brazil

      Those are great names for boats. You know your nautical history.

      Who knows what's around the corner, you could still get that tall ship.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Nell Rose 12 days ago from England

      I love this! I love the old boats, Mary rose etc, and have a couple of galleons and cutters on display in my bedroom! lol! proved my point with your quiz! 100 percent! Yeah! I always said if I were rich I would buy a tall ship and call it either moonfleet or sebastian rose!

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      Mary Wickison 7 weeks ago from Brazil

      Hi Jeff,

      There are so many variations to beverage names and it is no secret that boating and alcohol go hand in hand. I think the tolerance of harbor masters varies from place to place for such recreation.

      Glad you liked the list, thanks for reading.

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      Jeff Boettner 8 weeks ago from Tampa, FL

      Awesome!! was looking for a boat name list. I'm thinking "Comfortably Numb", but also like "Three Sheets". Hahaha, then again, "Beeracuda" is priceless. Hmmmm, would be kewl if you posted a list of names for blenders as well :) -- J

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      Mary Wickison 2 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Kristi

      Sorry for the delay, it was a lot more difficult than I initially thought.

      I think with a little work and wordplay, some of the following may be a good place to start.

      Scotch and Watters, or any beverage normally mixed with water.

      Calm Watters

      Blue Watters

      Watters shed

      Watters Works

      Watters time

      Watters Way

      Divine Watters

      Watters fronts


      Watters Cooler

      Cooler Watters

      stay away from Muddy Watters though.

      Let me know what you finally decide on.

      Thanks for your question.

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      Kristi 2 months ago

      Ideas for cruiser with the word "Watters". Our last name

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      Mary Wickison 2 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Marisa,

      Well, there is nothing like a challenge. Not a lot to go on really but here goes.

      Embees (M Bs)

      mb x 2

      the first part of your name is Mar which is 'sea' in (Portuguese and Spanish)

      Bella Mar

      Or a combination of your husband's name and yours.

      I reckon the boat should be named after you for a few reasons.

      1. Your husband has a boat.

      2. Your husband has you.

      3. Your husband is a gentleman.

      4. Your husband likes a peaceful life.

      5. Boats are always referred to as a female.

      If you are on Facebook, I suggest you throw it out to your connections who know you. They will probably give you some suggestions which are much more personal to you.

      Let me know what you finally decide on.

      Great to hear from you.

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      Marisa 2 months ago

      Hi my boyfriend and I just bought a 26ft sea ray but can't decide on a name. I would like a name that reflects us as a couple or the initials MBBRH doesn't have to be in that order. My and my hubby's initials are MB if it need to be cut short. Can you help

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      Mary Wickison 2 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Judy,

      Thanks for the question.

      Here are a few ideas.



      Cut and Go

      Blown away

      Permanent solution

      wave maker

      hairway to heaven

      million hairs


      shear beauty

      tre'ss bien


      snip snip away

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      Judy C. 2 months ago

      We are buying a boat a will be renaming her. My problem is I'm a hairstylist and want something that represents or a pun of my career. Could you help with some ideas? Thanks

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      Ann Carr 3 months ago from SW England

      Do let us know what you eventually do name it!


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      Mary Wickison 3 months ago from Brazil

      I too love the name, Mental Floss. When we sell our farm, we are seriously considering buying a sailboat and living aboard, hence the idea of this article. One of the yachts we are interested in has an awful name (according to my husband), so it would need to be changed. Oh the discussions we have had over names. It is likely our boat will be called "Nameless" as we just can't agree on one. LOL

      Thanks for reading.

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      Ann Carr 3 months ago from SW England

      Love 'Mental Floss'! Sadly, I'm never likely to own a boat but I do like being by and on the sea (though not in it!). I always look at their names when in a harbour or marina and some are indeed fascinating.

      This is a great read with style that flows. It's a while since I read any of your hubs which is very remiss of me. Mental note to catch up with a few more!


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      Mary Wickison 3 months ago from Brazil

      Some of those names might well suit a pug. Banshee, for example, might suit an active one.

      Regarding superstitions, there is often a reason behind most, although as time passes, fewer people remember what that reason was.

      Thanks for reading, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 months ago from Philippines

      A lovely selection of names. I don't have a boat, but maybe I can choose among those names if I buy a pug. Interesting story about the superstition related to changing a boat's name, and the practical reason behind it:)

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      Mary Wickison 4 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Audrey,

      Thanks for your kind words, I'm glad you enjoyed it. My husband and I are thinking of buying a sailboat so we have been exploring possible names.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I really like this well-written hub about boat names. The relaxing list of names are lovely. An entertaining and education article!

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      Mary Wickison 6 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Peg,

      I know what you mean, watching boats and being near the water is calming. Owning the boat and paying for all those repairs is when it becomes stressful.

      Still, it is a dream for many, myself included.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Peg Cole 6 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Nice photos and beautiful scenes. I loved the names of some of these boats like Serenity and Whisper. I used to work for an alarm company that protected Bertram Yachts in Miami. I always loved seeing the beautiful and expensive boats in their yard. Ahoy.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Nell,

      My husband keeps looking at the gaff rigged ships. All I see are a bunch of ropes. Where I have visions of sitting on a catamaran drinking my mug of tea with a good book, he has visions of rolling seas, pitching boats and water spray in his face.

      We need to find a compromise. We are trying to swap our house in Brazil for a boat. Know any takers? We'll pay a good commission!

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      Nell Rose 10 months ago from England

      The only boat or ship that I would love would be one of the old cutters or galleons! we call the cutters etc tall ships, but I love them, and would love to sail around the world with those!

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Jill & Dora,

      I'm glad you both enjoyed it. They always say, a pretty boat sails well, perhaps a great name helps too.

      Thank you both for reading.

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      MsDora 10 months ago

      Mary, this was so entertaining and informational too. Now, I think the boat ride would be more enjoyable if you like the name.

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      Jill Spencer 10 months ago from United States

      These were a lot of fun, and the quiz at the end was great. A good read!

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      Mary Wickison 12 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Marlene,

      Sorry for the late reply.

      Some people keep the name and others opt to change it. Just today I was reading about a boat which has had 3 names. Its name, now is January. This was the month the couple were married and also the month they bought their boat. Plus it is also a time of new beginnings.

      Thanks for reading, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Marlene Bertrand 12 months ago from Northern California, USA

      These are all very interesting names. I did not know that boats could be renamed. I mean, I did believe it was bad luck to rename a boat. Thank you for clearing that up for me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the reason behind each type of boat name.

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      Craig White 15 months ago

      Named my Jon boat Stacyann after my beloved

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      Mary Wickison 15 months ago from Brazil

      That would be a wonderful name for a boat as well.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Blu Luna 16 months ago

      daughters name is Blu

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      Mary Wickison 17 months ago from Brazil

      That sounds like a fantastic name for a boat. Many boats and yachts, take their names from mythology. I think it gives them more class to be honest.

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      Person 17 months ago

      I would name a boat Princess Andromeada from Greek mythology also the name of Luke's yaht from Percy Jackson.

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Natashalh,

      Glad you enjoyed it.

      Great to hear from you.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the fun quiz!

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      A gentleman named John Staluppi. He was one of the first to see the potential of a car maker called Honda. After a decade he had a 20 dealerships. His next success was with Hyundai.

      He turned his hand to the yachting industry and created Millennium Super Yachts.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I guess this is as important as naming your special puppy. Enjoyed the hub topic. I saw a yacht the other day with the name, "Diamonds Are Forever!"..wonder who owns it?

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Ruth,

      I am pleased you liked it. You would get on well with my better half, he loves those novels as well.

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      Ruth Clark 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Excellent hub and very well written. I always heard that it was bad luck to re-name a ship. But maybe that's a "Navy" thing. I think I read it in a Napoleonic wars series of British Naval novels.